Step 1: Gather & Bake Pine Cones
- Go outside! Hike around and find some pine cones. We found tons on our hike in Pennsylvania. We brought a reusable shopping bag to carry them back and we filled it up!
- To prepare the natural pine cones for our craft, we lined the oven rack with tin foil and baked them in the oven at 200 degrees for about 4 hours (we kept an eye on them to be sure they didn't catch fire!). It took a long time because we had so many - but we knew they were ready once they spread their petals out and the insides were dry.
- Side note: some people recommend soaking pinecones in vinegar before baking to kill more bugs/mold. We skipped this step and they turned out fine, but I thought I'd mention it in case you'd like to try that too!
Step 2: Prepare for Spray Painting
- We added wooden skewers to the bottoms of each pine cone with hot glue and stuck them into a foam cone leftover from another project.
- We placed it on top of a plastic turntable (typically sold for cake making) with a piece of protective craft paper on top to make it easy to rotate the pinecones around and spray all the angles.
- We placed it in a spray shelter to spray (because we live in a city and don't have access to outdoor space) but if you do, go outside! It will be way easier!
Step 3: Spray It, Spray It Everywhere!
- We sprayed the cones all over with red spray paint, rotating the turntable to make sure we were covering all over.
- We repeated this process with green and silver spray paint as well.
- We left about half of the pine cones natural colored to add to the rustic look of the wreath.
Step 4: Glue & Glitter
- We added white glue to the tips of the pine cone petals and sprinkled glitter over them, catching the excess glitter in a bowl below.
- Alternate method: You can also 'dip' the pine cone in a tub of glitter - but beware! this may result in globs of glue falling into the glitter, and you will end up with globby glitter that is annoying to re-use. I do not enjoy globby glitter, so I don't do it that way. :-p
Step 5: Repeat
- We repeated the glittering on all three colors of pine cones using glitter that matched the paint color.
Step 6: Glue the Pine Cones to the Wreath
- Using hot glue, attach the pine cones to the wreath. We trimmed the skewers when needed, and used some of them to stick into the wreath.
- We created a balance of each color throughout the design.
Step 7: Finish It Up
- We kept going until the wreath was covered, but this design would also look nice with some of the grape vine wreath left uncovered.
Step 8: Decorate!
- All done! Time to give the wreath as a gift or hang it somewhere special.